Jesus' Miracles

This is the contents of the "Jesus' Miracles" section of the "Jesus Himself Alone" series



Jesus performed 37 miracles that are recorded in the NT. Of course, John 21:25 states, “ And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.” So we don’t really know the full extent of the miracles that Jesus performed, but these are the ones that God felt necessary to pass down to us through inspired Scripture.

In the New Testament, the Greek word for miracle is dunamis (δύναμι) which means “an act of power.” It is the same word which is the origin of our English words dynamic and dynamite.

The Miracles of Jesus Christ


The miracles of Jesus can be divided into two main categories: Nature Miracles and Healing Miracles. There are nine of the first and 28 of the second.

Nature Miracles





1. Stilling the Storm




2. Feeding the 5000





3. Walking on the Water




4. Feeding the 4000



5. Temple Tax in the Fish's Mouth


6. Withering the Fig Tree



7. First Miraculous Catch of Fish


8. Turning Water into Wine


9. Second Miraculous Catch of Fish


Healing Miracles





General Healings

10. Cleansing of a Leper




11. Healing a Centurion's Servant



12. Healing Peter's Mother-in-law




13. Healing the Sick at evening




14. Healing a paralytic




15. Healing the Hemorrhaging woman




16. Healing Two Blind Men


17. Healing a Man's Withered Hand




18. Healing the Gentile Woman's Daughter



19. Healing the Epileptic Boy




20. Healing Blind Bartimaeus




21. Healing a Deaf Mute


22. Healing a Blind Man at Bethsaida


23. Healing the Infirm, Bent Woman


24. Healing the Man with Dropsy on the Sabbath


25. Cleansing the Ten Lepers


26. Restoring a Servant's Ear


27. Healing an official’s son


28. Healing an Infirm Man at Bethesda


29. Healing the Man born blind


30. Heals Many Sick in Gennesaret






31. Raising the Ruler's Daughter




32. Raising of a Widow's Son at Nain


33. Raising of Lazarus


Casting out Demons

34. Demons entering a herd of swine




35. Curing a Demon-possessed Mute


36. Casting Out an Unclean Spirit



37. Curing a Demon-possessed, Blind and Mute man




Why did Jesus perform miracles?

They pointed to Him as the Messiah


In this passage in John 14:7-14 Phillip says,” Lord, show us the Father.” Jesus answers that the words that He speaks prove that He and the Father are one. But if they did not believe His words then He says in verse 11, “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.”

Notice that Jesus tells him that if he cannot believe what He said then believe what He does. Both point to the same thing: that Jesus is God, the Messiah. The first requires faith, the second only your senses. Again, we see Jesus not asking us to believe something merely because He says it. He asks us to believe something because He proves it.

John 10:37-38, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”

Here Jesus is setting up His miracles as a litmus test. He is essentially saying, “If I don’t do miracles then don’t believe what I say. But if I do miracles then believe who I say I am.”

John 20:30-31

30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Notice the progression here:

1)      Jesus performed signs/miracles

2)      These signs/miracles were recorded so that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ

3)      By believing we may have life in His name, i.e., that we might be saved

Many people call themselves god, but how many can actually prove it? None but Jesus.

They attested to His deity


Whereas Jesus’ human attributes: hunger, pain, growing in knowledge and stature point to Jesus’ humanity; His miracles point to His deity.

When Paul requires the spirit of divination to come out of the damsel, he asserts his order "in the name of Jesus Christ," thus attesting his own weakness, and the power of the Lord Jesus.

"Aeneas," says Peter, "Jesus Christ heals you" (Acts 9:34). Here Peter in like manner attests at once the Divinity of Jesus and his own subordination.

But Jesus acted in his own name and on his own authority. He had but to say, "I will, be thou clean," and immediately the cleansing followed. With authority and power he commanded the unclean spirits and they obeyed him. The seventy came back to him saying, "Lord, even the devils are subject to us through thy name." Well then has it been said that "although miracles may be performed by mere men, that is, through their instrumentality, and so cannot by themselves be proofs of the Deity of those who, in this instrumental sense, performed them; yet as the miracles of Christ were performed in his own name, by his undisputed word, according to his will and for his glory, they plainly prove him to be Divine."

John 11

This is story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.

In verses 25 and 26 we read, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’

Then in verse 27 Martha responded, “She said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.’”

Notice the four things that Lazarus’ raising from the dead told Martha:

1)      Jesus IS the resurrection. Not just that He can do it but that He is that. He is life-giver and, indeed, life itself.

2)      Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah prophesied in the OT

3)      Jesus is the Son of God

4)      Jesus wasn’t just born into the world; He CAME into the world. He came from somewhere else.

Then after Lazarus’ resurrection in verse 47 we read, “Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.”

Notice that the people didn’t just believe, but, more so, they believed “in Him.” This miracle didn’t just point to God only with Jesus as a mere conduit. It pointed to Jesus Himself.

Yes, other prophets raised people from the dead: Elijah raised the widow of Zarephath’s son, Elisha raised the Shunamite’s son, Peter raised Tabitha, Paul raised Eutychus. These resurrections were all to God’s glory and pointed only to God. Jesus raising Lazarus was also to God’s glory but it pointed to Jesus.

In Acts 3 Peter and John came across a lame beggar and in verse 6 we read, “But Peter said, ‘I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!’”

In Acts 16 Paul was being annoyed by a woman with a spirit of divination and verse 18 says, “She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!’ And it came out at that very moment.”

Notice that in both instances Peter and Paul attribute these miracles to Jesus and to His power.

But Jesus said things like, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3) and “I will come and heal him” (Matthew 8:5). Jesus attributed the miracles to Himself.

In Matthew 14 right after feeding the 5,000 Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and then a great storm arose. Jesus came out to them walking on the waves. Then Peter came to Jesus walking on the water himself. Finally we read in verses 32 and 33:

32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

We see here that the disciples did not just see Jesus as another miracle worker. They didn’t say, “You are just like Elijah and Moses both of whom controlled the sea.” No, they worshipped Him and this miracle identifies Jesus as God’s Son.

To manifest God’s glory


John 9:1-3

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

So how was God glorified in healing the blind man?

1)      It demonstrated God’s power.

This harkens back to Exodus 4:11, “The Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?’”

2)      It demonstrated God’s compassion.

God, who oversees and holds together every atom, planet, and galaxy in the universe cared enough about one man to stop and address his needs.

3)      It demonstrated God’s breaking through the darkness of sin to be a light of truth and righteousness.

We see this in verse 5 when Jesus says, “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

Jesus used this miracle of giving sight to a blind man as an analogy of how He brings spiritual light into the world. We are all spiritually blind because of sin. Jesus is the only One who can give us spiritual sight.

They emphasized faith


Here is John 10:37-38 again, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”

Jesus’ miracles are there to increase our faith.

In Luke 17:11-19 is the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. While they were all going to the priest as Jesus commanded them to do, they all saw that they were healed but only one came back to Jesus to glorify God. Notice in verses 18 and 19 what it says, “Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? 18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” Notice that Jesus does not say, “I have made you well” or “God has healed you.” But, rather, “Your faith has made you well.”

In Luke 18:42 after Bartimaeus, a blind beggar on the side of the road, received his sight we read, “And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”

I believe that this shows that we are to participate with God in what happens in our lives. We are not just creatures who are tossed about in life like a can floating the ocean. Nor are we statues that stand there doing nothing with the only part moving is our lips in prayer.  God wants us to be involved. He wants us to have expectations. That’s what this faith is all about. The faith did not do the healing; God did the healing. Faith did not force God to heal; God does whatever He wants. He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy and compassion on whom He will have compassion (Romans 9:15). But faith worked with God to perform the healing.

Whatever we do in obedience to God, we do not do apart from God. And however God uses us, it is not as passive chess pieces, but as active participants. This is true in prayer, evangelism, worship, Bible study, and anything else.

They emphasized God’s care and compassion for each one of us as individuals


If you look at Jesus’ miracles you see one common thread: they are all centered on helping other people. He wasn’t into the big show.

I took my twin four-year daughters to a circus. At various points the arena would go dark and a single spotlight shone on the ringmaster. He was dressed in vibrant, flowing clothes with an extra-large hat. Using a microphone his voice boomed as he called attention to himself and to the next act.  The performers then came on dancing and swirling, playing to the audience. After each feat they would jump to their feet and raise their hands into the air summoning applause. When they were done with their act they leaped out of the ring. It was very entertaining.

But Jesus was different.  We see this in Mark 10:51, “And answering him, Jesus said, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to Him, ‘ Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!’” Jesus did not stand on a box and wave His arms and shout, “Gather round and see the miraculous. Someone first confirm that this man is really blind and dirty. Now watch and be amazed!” Instead, He approached a filthy, rejected blind beggar and quietly asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Jesus’ miracles were not drama simply to wow the crowd; rather, they were always focused on helping someone. His miracles impress us not so much because of their power but rather because they reveal His heart. That He multiplied fish and bread is quite amazing. But that He noticed that people were tired and hungry and needed to be taken care of and then did something about it is what really draws us to Him. Jesus did miracles because He cared. He cared about people then and He still has that same heart towards us today.

Another story is in Mark 5.

This woman had suffered from a chronic bleeding that for twelve years had made her unclean. If anyone touched her they would also be unclean. Many people probably attributed her condition to sin in her life (see John 9:2) and treated her poorly. She was a social outcast. Here, she tried to sneak in and touch Jesus without drawing attention to herself knowing that if people did recognize her they would chase her away.

Today we do not use Levitical Laws to shun people but have created our own cruel list of reasons to ostracize others. This may include someone with a deformity or who dresses poorly or who may have too large a nose, ears, or weight. The result is someone who sneaks around the periphery of society.

But Jesus was not merely interested in healing this woman physically; He also wanted to heal her fears. In Mark 5:34 we read where He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." Jesus sought her out and, this is important, He called her “daughter” and told her to “go in peace.” This was probably the first time in twelve years that anyone had drawn close to her, that anyone had shown her even the least bit of care and compassion. Instead of being called a terrible, hurtful name like everyone else, Jesus called her “daughter.” Imagine the joy and peace that quickly filled her now healed body.

Jesus can take a social outcast and turn that person around. This may not come instantly and may take much remolding but with confidence from God’s acceptance (God sees the inward heart and not the outward appearance – 1 Samuel 16:7) even the outcast can become more like Christ and draw others to themself.

And as we strive to bring more of our lives into Jesus we, too, should reach out to someone who might be socially awkward and show them God’s love.

A third example is in John 5 especially verse 8, “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’”

In John 5 there was a man who suffered from paralysis for 38 years and every time he thought that he might be healed someone else stepped in front and stole away his hope. Then Jesus came and, in His mercy, healed him. This man never gave up hope. He kept trying for 38 years. Had he been home feeling sorry for himself he would never have met Jesus.

Whether our pain is emotional, physical, social, or spiritual, Jesus can heal us.  And Jesus can more than heal; He can restore. This man may never have walked in his life and yet not only did Jesus heal his paralysis but He enabled him to carry his pallet and walk without falling. Jesus can do more than heal our crushing grief; He can give us joy. He can do more than heal our social fears; He can teach us to be a great friend. Jesus can do more than deliver us from Hell; He can make us a citizen of Heaven.

Foreshadow the power given to believers in the Church Age


John 14:12

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

Acts 3:6

 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”

We cannot love any greater than Jesus did because His love was totally unconditional but we can, by Jesus’ grace and strength, love as He did.

We cannot forgive any greater than Jesus did because He forgave perfectly but we can, by Jesus’ grace and strength, forgive as He did.

 But we can share the Gospel with a greater number of people than Jesus did. We can provide comfort to more people than Jesus did. And we can feed more people who are hunger than Jesus did when He walked on this Earth. But to do these things, we need to step out of the boat and let Jesus use us. Too often we are content to do only the little things and then stop there. We pray for a few minutes a day but we do not pray without ceasing. We read the Bible every once in a while, maybe even every day, but we do not absorb it. We do not learn it inside and out. We come to church and sing the songs in the beginning but do we worship while we sing those songs or are we just singing?

Jesus promises to us that we can do greater things, but then do we let Him? Perhaps we need to do more than just make room for Jesus in our schedule. Perhaps we each need to consider, “Where does God want to take me so that I can fulfill Jesus’ promise in John 14:12?”

General Thoughts


Mark 3

22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” 23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but [l]he is finished! 27 But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

Here we see one of Jesus’ miracles being challenged by the scribes and it is one of the few miracles where Jesus adds a second layer of meaning to what happened. In one way Jesus is telling us how there is a great battle between good and evil and that they cannot mix. The evil stays on its side and good on its side. The Devil is not a mix of good and bad nor is Jesus a mix of good and bad. The Devil is wholly evil and Jesus is perfectly good. We should not confuse them. This echoes Isaiah 50:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

Then in verse 27 Jesus explains that the Devil is the strong man. We are unable to defeat him on our own. This is similar to Luke 11:21-23

21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. 22 But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.

It takes someone stronger than the Devil to overcome him. That someone can only be Jesus Christ. Just as it took a miracle to cast out a demon so it will take the miracle of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection to overcome the Devil. These miracles of exorcising demons foreshadows Jesus’ ultimate ministry of the Passion.

Finally let us look at one of Jesus’ miracles as recorded in Mark 5:35-43

35 While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” 36 But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” 37 And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. 39 And entering in, He said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” 40 They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. 41 Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. 43 And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.

Healing is one of God’s greatest times of intimacy. When God heals someone, that person is not merely a character in a big show. He is not a prop used to wow everyone and then left to go his way. Yes, many of Jesus’ healings were done publically, but if we examine them we see that His attention was on the person and not on the crowd. He did not approach an invalid and wave His arms and shout, “Come gather around and see what I am about to do.” Rather, He asked, “What can I do for you?”

In this passage a 12-year old girl had died. When Jesus arrived at the official’s house there was a commotion. There were relatives and friends and, as in the tradition of the times, mourners hired to weep and wail. But Jesus put them all out and only took with Himself the child’s father and mother and His three companions. And in the silence of the room He took the child’s hand and spoke and the child rose up alive.

If we examine this passage we can see that there were three healings here: 1) the child’s death, 2) the grief and fear of the father and 3) of the mother. And here in a small room in a dusty village Jesus healed all three and allowed them to release all of their emotions, all of their joy, and all of their praise in intimacy. It is the same today.

The miracles of Jesus demonstrated many things: that Jesus is the Messiah, that He is God, that God is glorious, that our faith is important, and that we, by the Holy Spirit, will even now be able to accomplish much. Jesus’ miracles should not make us stand in awe from afar, but, rather, should draw us closer to Jesus as we see who He really is. Just as He walked up to people who were afraid and hurting, so He wants to walk up to us today and do a miracle in our lives.